Horoscopes by Holiday

By: Holiday Mathis

Mars and Pluto align to draw up some profound energy. It feels as though we must do something important: We must go where we feel most alive. The thing about that is, you don't know until you're there experiencing the place. Furthermore, it's not really a place. One day it's at the beach, and the next it's in a car. Vitality is a pop-up venue.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). On this emotionally stretchy day, time feels elastic, too. Forever can mean lifetimes or seconds. So don't worry about how long a thing takes. The flow of doing it... that's what matters.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). So many social constructs are well-meaning traditions that, for some reason, have lost their purpose, as far as you're concerned. They no longer do what they're supposed to.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The small space between the sleep and the dream holds the most concentrated stuff of your day. Who or what inhabits that space right now? There's more to be done about this, and you're ready to try.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Comebacks are stronger than setbacks. You'll be thinking about a past defeat. The tides have changed. The scene is different, and there's optimism in you, too. If you try again, much will go right about it.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Your communication style is an easy thing to love. You listen without interrupting, speak without accusing, express without dominating. If everyone were like you, peace would spread.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You'll decide what to do based on who will be there. You'll think about how different people highlight different aspects of your personality. You'll prioritize the people who bring out your sense of play.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). All you have to do is an internet search to know that you are not alone in your difficulties. Actually, someone in your immediate circle can relate to your problem more than you might have guessed. Speak up.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Some people smile when it rains, while others run for cover. For you it depends on the day, your mood, whom you're with, what you're wearing... when you're in the moment, there is no one-size-fits-all response to life's weather.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). When the pressure is on, you stay cool and do the right thing. But when the pressure is off — that can be more challenging, because people get used to high stakes. Creativity will solve it. You have plenty of that!

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The biggest heartbreaker isn't a person, it's an expectation. Good news: Expectations are much easier to manage than people. Use what you know to get ahead of potential disappointment and cut it off at the pass.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). It's funny how quickly you forget what you can do, what you're good at, what you've solved before. It's a good reason to write things down. Friends from the past who can remind you of your greatness are invaluable.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). There's the aim — to retrieve the item, to get the go ahead, to earn the amount. Then there's the deeper aim. To live fully and gracefully and beautifully. It's the secret mission inside the mission.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (April 26). There's a happy vibration to your personal life that spills onto the things you create. You're building a life around helping people, but it won't feel like that at first. Education is where it starts. You'll influence a group, and then the group will influence you. Two meaningful trips will give you the opportunity to heal family bonds. Leo and Pisces adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 8, 30, 33, 17 and 42.

PROCESSING THE PAST WITH PLUTO: The retrograde status of Pluto begins a five-month cycle of processing the past. If you dread facing the "yuck" in your yesterdays, have no fear. There is more than one way to overcome emotional baggage.

Tip No. 5: Write it into a story.

If it feels too painful to revisit certain memories, try putting them into a fantasy context where events are different but have similar impacts and are happening to someone else — a character of your own creation. While you're at it, why don't you make the protagonist a superhero? As it is with all superheroes, certain circumstances will activate his or her superpowers. Also, certain circumstances make those powers go away. Those triggers will be an insight into your own real-life triggers.

In this fantasy version of your story, the main character can teach you many things: for instance, what you wish you could do, what you want to happen, what and who make you feel strong. Know that some people contribute to your well-being by making you comfortable and safe. Others threaten or drain you in some way, causing you to rise up and be better. All of them belong in the story.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Channing Tatum was born when the sun was in sensual Taurus, the sign of money, appetite and sheer determination. Tatum's natal moon, Jupiter and Saturn are all in the disciplined sign of Virgo, indicating a penchant for perfection. Tatum likely demands too much of himself to let the crowd's adoration go to his head. Listen for him in the upcoming "Lego Movie" sequel.

Write Holiday Mathis at holidaymathis@gmail.com.

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